Debra Cowan was once asked what kind of songs she writes. Her reply? “Bad ones. Besides, there are so many good songs out there written by others and they should be sung.” Her captivating warm alto carries each folk song she chooses with such emotion that you’ll forget that they were written by others. She performs a cappella and with guitar in the great tradition of folksingers like Joan Baez and Judy Collins, with a clear vocal that calls forth the ghosts of long past all the while bringing the material into a more modern urban landscape.
Debra’s shared the stage with artists as varied as Richard Shindell and John Renbourne. Her earlier recordings Dad’s Dinner Pail and Other Songs from the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection and The Long Grey Line brought her praise from both the US and abroad. In 2006 her version of “Walloping Window Blind” was featured in SingOut! magazine. Also that year, her rendition of Richard Thompson's "Has He Got a Friend For Me" was included in the Free-Reed Records box set RT-The Life and Times of Richard Thompson.